Call for Applications: European Social Catalyst Fund 2020 for Organisations in EU Countries (up to €100,000)
Deadline: April 15, 2020
Applications for the European Social Catalyst Fund 2020 are now open. The European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) is a new initiative designed to have significant impact on some of Europe’s most pressing social challenges.
The objective of the ESCF is to bring together public and private resources to improve social services to enable people who need support to live as valued and participating members of their communities. The ESCF will provide financial and capacity building support to develop plans to scale proven social service innovations.
Objective of the ESCF
- To provide financial support, guidance and information to proven social service innovations selected through a pan-European competition to develop implementation plans to upscale.
- To stimulate a broader range of public sector, philanthropic and social investment collaborations that foster the scaling of social service innovations to meet social challenges across EU Member States aligned with the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
- To produce exemplar plans across a range of priority social challenge areas that can be implemented to a substantial level of scale within two years.
- Plans also must be relevant to the social and implementation challenges in at least five EU Member States, two of which will be Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs).
- To develop and disseminate knowledge and skills on how to successfully plan the scaling of social service innovations.
- To design a further phase of the European Social Catalyst Fund based on learning obtained in the process of achieving these objectives.
- Successful applicants will receive a planning grant of up to €100,000 along with capacity building support. A minimum of €600,000 will be allocated to support at least 6 plans. It is anticipated that the successful applicants will represent a range of social challenge and geographic areas.
- Applications can be made by a) collaborations involving public and private agencies (lead applicant must be a non-profit); b) public agencies; or c) private non-profit agencies, in EU Member States, that aim to scale proven innovations that can effectively contribute to reducing, or overcoming, social challenges within or across countries.
- The application must address social challenges within at least one of the focus areas drawn from the Sustainable Development Goals and align with the three main categories of the European Pillar of Social Rights: equal opportunities and access to the labour market; fair working conditions; and social protection and inclusion.
- Applications must relate to evidence-based models of intervention that have been tried and tested. Preference will be given to innovations that have the most robust evidence of success.
- At least one member of the organisation(s) applying must have prior involvement in implementing the innovative model under proposal
- Plans also must be relevant to the social and implementation challenges in at least five EU Member States, two of which will be Central and Eastern European Countries – acknowledging the need for tailoring to meet the specific requirements determined by varying cultural and operational environments
- Organisations or lead organisations of consortia applying shall:
- Provide audited financial statements for the previous 2 years and complete a declaration that they do not have any ‘going concern’ issues.
- Provide evidence of adequate management and financial systems.
- Be GDPR compliant.
- Ensure processes are compliant with EU ethical standards.
- Demonstrate a commitment to gender equality
- Funding from the project is intended to support the planning process and will not be given for capital costs. The lead applicant receiving funding must be a non-profit public purpose organisation.